The most precious of cargoes



©Ex Nihilo, Les Compagnons du Cinéma, StudioCanal, France 3 Cinéma, Les Films du Fleuve




81 min. – 4K – 1:85

Once upon a time, a poor woodcutter and his wife lived in a great forest. Cold, hunger, poverty and a war raging all around them meant their lives were very hard.
One day, the woodcutter’s wife rescues a baby. A baby girl thrown from one of the many trains that constantly pass through the forest.
This baby, this “most precious of cargoes”, will transform the lives of the poor woodcutter’s wife and her husband, as well as those whose paths the child will cross – including the man who threw her from the train. And some will try to protect her, whatever the cost.
Their story will reveal the worst and the best in the hearts of men.

Official selection 2024 – in competition

Official selection 2024 – feature film in competition
Opening screening

A film by Michel Hazanavicius
Produce by Ex Nihilo et Les Compagnons du Cinéma
In coproduction with StudioCanal, France 3 Cinéma et Les Films du Fleuve

Technical list

Director: Michel Hazanavicius
Adapted from the tale: « THE MOST PRECIOUS OF CARGOES » of Jean-Claude Grumberg
Graphic bible and character design: Michel Hazanavicius
Producers: Patrick Sobelman et Florence Gastaud
Executive production: Christophe Jankovic et Valérie Schermann

Production: Ex Nihilo et Les Compagnons du Cinéma avec StudioCanal, France 3 Cinéma et Les Films du Fleuve

Animation studio: 3.0 studio

Partner studios:
Les Fées Spéciales, Région Occitanie
Amopix, Région Grand Est & Eurométropole de Strasbourg
Kecskemét Film, Hongrie
Aromates, Liège

Mission of the studio: 2D animation clean-up